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Uganda, Sudan Tension Rises over Rebels

A diplomatic row has broken out between Sudan and Uganda as Kampala steps up efforts to reunite warring factions in the restive South Sudan, what is ed search http://danmarknorge.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-ixr-client.php Chimp Corps report.

Khartoum on Thursday summoned Uganda’s ambassador to Sudan to protest President Museveni’s recent remarks that the government of President Omar Bashir has been celebrating over the turmoil in the South.

Museveni made the eyebrow-raising comments last week while reconciling warring factions in the South Sudan conflict at State House Entebbe.

“We don’t want South Sudanese to finish themselves. What is most important is not to continue with these mistakes. South Sudan had become a big support for East Africa, more about we must support you,” said Museveni.

“If you continue like this you will lose the freedom of making wise decisions. Khartoum and people interested in grabbing your wealth want to prove that you can’t manage your own affairs,” he added.

The President said he was compelled to call for the meeting after information emerged that Khartoum was celebrating because they heard that the South Sudanese where fighting and had failed to manage themselves.

“I shared that information with President Salva Kiir and after crosschecking we found that this information is accurate. I thought my brothers should know what was happening and I got in touch with both President Salva Kiir and Rebecca Garang.”

President Kiir who was in attendance said the message Museveni got from Sudan and UN is no secret.

“My friends think when this government is overthrown by foreign powers; power will be handed over to them. Your Excellency, we believe this meeting will solve some, if not all our problems,” he said.

Sudan protest

Bukhari al-Affendi, a top Sudan’s Foreign Ministry official said, “President Museveni’s remarks are unacceptable and undermine the efforts to revitalise good relations between the two countries.”

Bukhari further stated that “Sudan has given its all to mediate between antagonistic parties in the South Sudan conflict through diplomatic channels and support to IGAD.”

He also pointed at Sudan’s decision to open her borders to allow in refugees displaced by the South Sudan armed conflict.

Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador James Mugume and State Foreign Affairs Minister, Henry Okello Oryem were not readily available for comment on Friday evening.

Uganda has always had rocky relations with Sudan due to the latter’s support of rebel Joseph Kony and Kampala’s assistance to the SPLA during the struggle for independence.

Kampala last year expelled a Sudanese diplomat for bribing Ugandan security personnel to steal classified intelligence for Bashir’s consumption.

Highly placed sources told this website that Uganda suspects Bashir supports Machar’s rebellion.

Machar, who waged war in December, last year, is expected to meet President Museveni soon to devise ways of expediting the formation of a transitional government as demanded by IGAD.

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